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In episode 141 I invite L.A. filmmaker Levi Austin Morris back for an update on his iPhone feature film, Paralysis. We talk about the completion of the film and funding campaign. Details on turning a horror story into an entertaining, high quality film using iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro. Why he connected his own story to sleep paralysis. Topics we…
 
Episode 140 is a treat! We discuss feature documentary filmmaking with director Chris Collier. Chris and I take a deep dive into the genre from his perspective as a filmmaker. We discuss his feature doc, FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema. We go all in on what you need to know to make your own documentary film. Chris thinks your smartphon…
 
In this episode 139 I share how the stars connect to moments and moments turn into stories. Then I share insights on how the turning point for a filmmaker in an industry that is revolutionizing could be the biggest decision to making a successful film. Read inspiring articles on our Smartphone Filmmaking Publication, including an article that accom…
 
In episode 138 I introduce Alex Reid to our listeners and also introduce Alex to some of the accomplishments previous filmmakers have made using smartphones to make films. Alex made a film, The Countdown, with no gear or crew and filmed it using his iPhone. “We are all just one strange moment away from going viral.” —The Countdown We discuss severa…
 
In episode 137 I share a radio interview. The interview took place at Grossmont College by Griffin Radio Show Host Paulina Colis. She asked me to share my journey with smartphone filmmaking, our podcast, and how the vision came to be during my time at the college during September 11, 2001. I also share some words for students on their journey which…
 
In episode Number 136, I share some tips and reasons on why and how you can start filmmaking today. After listening to this episode, you’re going to want to. I recorded this episode early the same morning I published it, drinking espresso. How to start filmmaking without a story? Really? Yes! I’ll share how you can without breaking my rule: Story f…
 
In episode 135 we have a very resourceful discussion with Joey Min and Stephanie Pham of Art School Dropouts: A Film Production Company and YouTube Channel based in the east coast. They are a media group that creates narrative-driven weekly exciting, fun and “feel-good” content. We discuss how to build a family to work with on more than one project…
 
In episode 134 we bring you Jasper Capalad. Jasper is a multi-talented creator, with a great number of talents and skills. One of them is making movies with his iPhone. He’s recently won an award with his fan film, Spider-Man: Field Day. Which won ‘Best Fan Film’ at the Tarzana Comic Con Film FestThe film won over another incredible film shot with …
 
In episode 133 we have an instructive discussion with our friend Ant Pruitt of Hands On Photography. Ant Pruitt has accepted an invitation to sit on two judging panels for the 12th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival. Some things we discuss: The smartphone photography myth Printing smartphone photos to canvas Photography basics for al…
 
In episode 132 I have a great discussion with Shola Ajayi. Shola is an instructor at Ithaca College in upstate New York. She founded UR4Africa as a filmmaker after her experience filming in Lagos. We discuss Nollywood, New Nollywood and making movies with mobile phones. Some things we discuss: What is Nollywood and New Nollywood Storytelling is par…
 
In episode 131 I bring you independent filmmakers, Ryan and Brandie McDonald from Ogden, Utah. They submitted a feature film shot with an iPhone for the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego back in 2020 and attended the festival this past April for the 11th edition and presented a workshop at the festival. We'll discuss their workshop on…
 
In this episode 130 I invited my pioneer colleague Max Schleser, in Melbourne, to share some uplifting history of 2011 versus today. Where do we go from here? This episode is based on the news late last week that Filmic Pro has been acquired by a company and it has moved into a subscription based app. The pricing is out of touch with mobile filmmak…
 
In this episode 129 I share the story of why indie filmmakers are embracing smartphone filmmaking and why mobile filmmakers should acknowledge where we are today. Some things I talk about: Distribution potential for your feature film shot with a smartphone Independent filmmaking versus mobile filmmaking Why the accessibility to the camera is what d…
 
In this episode 128 we talk to Jason C. Marshall as part of our ongoing In The Weeds series. We discuss the art and technicality of screenwriting great stories as films. False beliefs and flaws was a large topic we discussed in this episode. What we discuss: Ideas aren’t stories Why you should begin with your characters before you begin writing you…
 
Inspired by our experience in San Diego’s Comic-Con International just weeks after our 2022 edition of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, our brand ambassador Aaron Nabus and I share stories from SDCC and IMFF. I bring up my smartphone video experience during the convention and Aaron shares his experience as a moderator in a speci…
 
If you are looking for motivation for a live action made on a smartphone film, stop here and click play. Joey Min and Stephanie Pham of Art School Dropouts, based in Jersey, are our guests in episode 126. Art School Dropouts has created an iPhone shot series on the web, using YouTube. They’ve created a community, and they are blowing people away wi…
 
Three days of entertaining and inspiring presentations, screenings, workshops, celebrations and more! It was the last weekend in April and as is tradition, a new edition of the festival took place in San Diego, California. They came, they laughed, they cheered and they even shed a tear or two, but they all said they had a “blast.” James Smith and C…
 
A heartwarming story turned into a film with 17 year-old Quinn Friedman participating in the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. We discuss how he made a film that showcases skills normally seen with more experienced filmmakers. Listen to a young inspiring actor and filmmaker discuss the power of storytelling in film and how he made hi…
 
Today is International Women’s Day and our guest, Antoinette Van Sluytman, shares her mission to empower women in the creative industry. We discuss the power that smartphone cameras give everyone to share their own stories through film. I met Antoinette in San Diego’s Black Com!x Day 2022 in February. Antoinette was part of a panel called, “Black W…
 
In this episode I pick the brain of a nature and wildlife photographer Scott Bourne. Scott is also a professional videographer. His extensive experience is inspiring and he recently had an experience where he turned to an iPhone 13 Pro and now he insists on using it as his camera. Scott’s quote during our conversation: “Nobody cares what you do, th…
 
It’s not common that we record an episode for the podcast with a fan. James Demitri is in Australia, and made a feature film with a smartphone inspired by our podcast and the stories from our guests. Misplaced, has won awards around the world and was recently selected in the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California.Find out more:…
 
We met Julian Bate-Vergette in episode 115. Julian’s experience and studies make him a great resource to get motivated about audio quality for your mobile films. Audio quality can make or break your film. Mobile filmmakers who are not experienced filmmakers do not always have the resources to make their films sound amazing. But that doesn’t mean yo…
 
Ant Pruitt works as a podcast host for a large podcast network. He researches the camera and photography industry, which he’s passionate about. Ant is a valuable resource for the content creator. Ant Pruitt is a judge in the shorts mobile film competition for the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California. His expertise brings an a…
 
Have you made your first film? Have you tried but things weren’t working out on set even though you thought you were well prepared? Do you want to cast good actors but not sure how? In this episode, we talk to Ross Perkins, actor and filmmaker in Sydney, Australia. His feature film Mad House, shot with his iPhone premiered and won in San Diego’s In…
 
In our newest episode, and the first in the new year, from our In The Weeds Series: Story Structure and Formula with Jason C. Marshall, we go all in with character development. Pardon us if you share a few laughs with us in this fun conversation about mobile filmmaking, the art of character development and our references to some films. One of the f…
 
We have a great discussion with the leading voice for smartphone movie making in Russia, Maxim Mussel. He’s made three feature films with smartphones and launched the only festival for mobile films in Russia. Incredibly, Maxim was inspired when he made a short film which won an award at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, Californi…
 
2021 has been a great year for our podcast. We passed a couple of milestones like our 100th episode. But another milestone is how many wonderful guests we’ve had on the show. We also introduced our listeners to a new series called “In The Weeds” with Jason C. Marshall discussing story structure and formula for narrative screenwriting. The series ai…
 
What is NFT? It’s a Non Fungible Token and it authenticates your digital media as yours. This is one of the most attractive features. The other attraction to this is that you can build in a royalty to your art and media. If it gets sold, built into the code is that royalty so that you are paid as the original creator. Filmmakers are accustomed to r…
 
Making movies can feel intimidating. One way to reduce that overwhelming feeling is by understanding there is a process which will guide you into believing in your idea. Coming up with an idea for your movie will lead you into creating the concept. You may need to go back to your idea as you develop your concept. But here’s the magic though. It’s w…
 
There is no doubt that after speaking to countless filmmakers in and outside this podcast, the most successful filmmakers are passionate about making films. Passion is a term you hear about a lot. If you are wondering if you need passion to make memorable films, I am going to help you answer the question. In this episode 112, I share my own experie…
 
Concept, Character and Theme are the big three concepts to keep in mind before you even think about the structure and formula in filmmaking. In this episode 111 of the “In The Weeds” series with Jason C. Marshall, we discuss those elements and then we discuss an exercise we conducted in Clubhouse: What if the Blair Witch Project was filmed today wi…
 
Fleeing from Turkey as a journalist while vacationing in Italy, our guest is Beraat Gokkus. Beraat is a journalist based in France turned multi-award-winning mobile filmmaker. He shares his story from 2016 with his first mobile short, Breakfast of Champions to The Lost Pen now streaming on Mobile Film Stories. His story is captivating and inspiring…
 
Part of The Mobile Film Podcast Series: In The Weeds, Episode 109 features Jason C. Marshall with Get Your Act(s) Together. Jason’s contribution to the series, “Story Formula and Structure” brings mobile smartphone filmmakers to the next level of filmmaking. In this episode Jason takes us into the weeds of the acts and introduces us to the beats, c…
 
This episode is an introduction to a series which will accompany our regular episodes of this podcast. The Mobile Film Podcast Series: In The Weeds, Episode 108 features Jason C. Marshall with Formula is Freedom. Jason’s contribution to the series, “Story Formula and Structure” will bring mobile smartphone filmmakers to the next level of filmmaking…
 
The arch, the beats, the plot and the structure in your story make films compelling. Jason C. Marshall shares the elements in storytelling that will help you make great movies. Now that you’ve discovered your smartphone camera can make cinematic films, your story is what will make your movie memorable. Read the article for this episode 107: https:/…
 
Darcy Yuille wanted to make a feature and using an iPhone. Because of his professional experience in the industry he discovered it was important to get the story right. To give you an example of his professional experience, Darcy has worked on films like Pitch Black with Vin Diesel. Darcy is in Australia. He learned making films is not just somethi…
 
Travis Mills is the Director and CEO of Running Wild Films. He has challenged himself to make 12 Western films in 12 months, one per month. In episode 105 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, we share the story of one of these films, which was shot with the iPhone. Read the article for this episode in our Smartphone Filmmaking Publication: https:/…
 
Caroline Spence and James Smith are the brilliant filmmakers behind Raya Films, in the UK. They’ve been producing films and videos together since around 2004. And they’ve produced two feature length films using smartphone cameras. Most of the people I’ve spoken to have produced one feature film. There is one well-known filmmaker who’s produced two …
 
Brionne Olsen is an audio engineer, filmmaker and storyteller. Bringing his audio skills that he’s acquired working in radio to the “theater of the mind” with film was a natural progression. In episode 103 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, we share insights and the stories Brionne shares from South Africa to San Diego. Brionne began with music …
 
Actors teaming up to make films together is impressive. And it’s happening more and more often with the rise of smartphone filmmaking. You may think an actor cannot make a quality film, but think again. They have spent countless hours on film sets. They have the ability to ask questions and learn the filmmaking craft. They network with filmmakers a…
 
Arthur Mikheev was raised in Moscow, by parents who were skeptical of his interest in art as a career. Arthur was attracted to photography in his early days in school, but he soon found it to be complicated. It just wasn’t for him. So he became a musician and studied psychology. Arthur is a filmmaker with 10 years experience in the video industry. …
 
Special Edition: Our podcast just reached 100 episodes and we have a special episode. Pioneer mobile filmmaker and the winner of the first prize in the inaugural International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in 2012 joins us and we embark on a journey about his participation in the history of making movies with iPhones, and smartphones in general…
 
The story in film has always been an attraction to Rachel Jacob. She grew up in the industry from her father’s side of the family and occasionally would dip her feet in it. She tried many aspects of filmmaking. In her teens while in school Rachel was acting, which she still loves, and then she tried screenwriting. Most of her experience in film wer…
 
The partnership between FilmConvert and Filmic Pro is bridging the mobile smartphone filmmaking with traditional filmmaking communities. FilmConvert has been creating software for film grain and color grading for about ten years. They’ve been keeping an eye on the mobile filmmaking community’s growth and have partnered with the app used by Hollywoo…
 
The process of creating films and video programming is extensive and can be exhausting. But for Anthony Bradford, our guest on the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 97, it’s about how much it prolongs the production process. Mobile filmmaking shortens a lot of the production so Anthony can go from pre-production and planning, to post-production…
 
Falling through floors is probably not what you expect when you are on set filming. The old creepy house called out to Amanda Smith and Colin Babcock. Amanda brought Colin into the house and he found it creepy and dilapidated. Both nodded at the notion that the house could be the set for a film. They just needed to figure out what type of film they…
 
One story, two guys and two iPhones embarked on a road trip to make a feature film. Directors Patrick R. Young and Powell Robinson are my guests in Episode 95 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. Their experience comes from Patrick’s idea for a film when he was in Middle School or High School. Years later, he and Powell decide to use iPhones to re…
 
Imagine a story realized from your imagination. How you can turn that story into a feature film using a smartphone for a camera is impressive. Now edit the story in an app on your phone. Sounds unreal, right? That’s the real story behind the film “Charon” by Jennifer Zhang. Episode 94 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a discussion about her j…
 
Michael Harlow shared a story with me almost ten years ago and told me it was a secret. Imagine you stumble across an intriguing discovery that is filled with mystery. I know some people cannot keep a secret for a number of hours, but imagine keeping this big discovery a secret all these years. My guests on the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking episode…
 
We talked about horses and hobbits with our honorary ambassadors Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow. You may know Jed and Mark from their roles as Dwarf brothers Nori and Dori in Peter Jackson’s, The Hobbit. They also starred together in the feature-length film shot with iPhone, Blue Moon by Stef Harris. Mark’s real life daughter, Olivia Hadlow also had a …
 
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